Top of the Morning, Dec. 1, 2017

Top of the Morning, Dec. 1, 2017

We took a call in the sports department Thursday from a volleyball fan. His question: What TV station is the Illinois-Hawaii NCAA tournament match on?

Sorry, but the answer is "none of them."

Unlike the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which splits the games between four networks and shows every one live, volleyball doesn't have the same kind of coverage.

You can watch a few of the first-round matchups — with the right connection. Oregon State-N.C. State is being shown on the Longhorn Network and Iowa State-Princeton is on Cyclone TV.

NCAA.com lists Spectrum Sports as the network for the Illinois-Hawaii match. Spectrum Sports is available is several states, including Hawaii. But not Illinois.

Illinois' game can also be heard on WDWS.

BTN will air a second-round Penn State match if the Nittany Lions advance. BTN will also show Minnesota in the second round if the Gophers win their opener. No Big Ten coverage is currently scheduled for the regional rounds.

The only matches guaranteed to air are the NCAA semifinals and finals, scheduled for Dec. 14 and 16. The semifinals air on ESPN or ESPN2 and the title match is on ESPN2.

On to my weekend recommendations:

TODAY"Jimmy Kimmel Live," 10:30 p.m., ABC

May the Force be with you if you decide to watch. Cast members from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" are scheduled, including Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley. Don't know about the rest of you, but I can't wait for the new film. Not that I will stand in line for hours.

SATURDAY"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC

T.O.T.M. is going out on a limb and guessing Matt Lauer might be mentioned in the opening, oh, five seconds or so. Actress Saoirse Ronan takes her first turn as host. She's got an extra-special musical guest: U2. Awesome.

SUNDAY"The Blind Side," 6:30 p.m., TNT

Technically, this doesn't count as a sports pick, even though it is all about football player Michael Oher, who found a new life with his adopted family. Oher spent eight years in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens. The best reason to watch is the performance by Sandra Bullock, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy.

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